History, when it comes to team play, often doesn’t mean much in the American Hockey League. What happened last year is so disconnected from what is happening now that establishing any kind of rivalry beyond geographical is a reach. Even what happened during the year doesn’t play into the current narrative that much.
Way back in the previous era that was November (it just seemed that long ago) the teams split home games with a SO win in Toronto for the Marlies. Korbinian Holzer had the game tying and Jamie Devane notched a goal Abbott, Liles and Carrick had the SO goals. The trip to Texas shortly after that produced a 5-2 win in Cedar Park for the Stars. Carter Ashton scored in that one and established a small trend that the Marlies grew out of. When they received talent back from the Leafs, they watched what it could do.
Move along the season time line to an age ago (Feb 1st) and a shutout at the back end of a 3 in 3 as the Stars blanked the Marlies 6-0. That was as tired a team that took the ice that day as Toronto would have all season.
The Stars rolled into the ACC on a holiday Monday and left with a 4-1 loss at the hands of two goals apiece from Josh Leivo and Jerry D’Amigo.
You can do all sorts of tricks to find some sort of connection but truthfully the two teams have grown too much since February to read anything into the season series. It’s best to look at their recent success to get a read on what is about to occur in the Western Conference Final.
Texas has owned their home rink outscoring their opponents 20-5 in five games including a 7-1 game six win against the Calder cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Marlies have outscored their road opponents 20-8 and posted two home shutouts.
Both teams have opened each of their playoff series with a win. For one team, that will change on Friday night and it will be an indicator on what is to come in the future.